Organizers of a national writing competition aim to encourage service members to share their experiences from Iraq and Afghanistan through prose and poetry. Click here for details on the project. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The Barley House Wolves circle up around their coach, Ruairi O'Mahony, for a half-time huddle during a match against a hurling team from Worcester, Mass. Shannon Mullen for NPR hide caption

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"There are so many questions and so little answers while you're [in Afghanistan]," says Dominic "Dom" Fredianelli. Heather Courtney/Quincy Hill Films hide caption

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Richard Engel is NBC News' chief foreign correspondent. Dan Nelken/NBCU hide caption

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At Walter Reed, Oscar Olguin and his family were visited by President Bush and first lady Laura Bush. But Olguin says that when he left the hospital, he had to fend for himself. Courtesy of Oscar Olguin hide caption

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Karl Marlantes shipped off to Vietnam as a 23-year-old second lieutenant in 1968. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has sought to improve the care its hospitals offer to female veterans. In this file photo, a woman sits in a waiting room at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W. Va. Ron Agnir/AP hide caption

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"I had to learn to deal with it on my own," Victoria Blumenberg, 25, says of the stress of her deployment to Iraq with the Air Force Reserves. Here, she visits a restaurant in Charlotte, N.C., with Pete Kneski. Julie Rose/WFAE hide caption

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Gen. John Joseph Pershing's room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the military's flagship hospital. The center is closing its doors after treating hundreds of thousands of America's war wounded, and several presidents. Luis Alvarez/AP hide caption

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